Uproar Over ‘Apeel’ Food Coating Sheds light on Big Ag’s Capture of Organic Food Agencies

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Brenda Baletti Agribusiness watchdog OrganicEye this week petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish formal regulatory oversight for the public and private organizations that determine what products can be labeled organic. The request comes after a recent social media controversy surrounding a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded synthetic fungicide and fruit coating — […]

Is CAFO Animal Waste the Dirty Secret of Organic Foods?

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Joseph Mercola Chicken feces, or chicken litter, and other animal waste from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) is commonly used as fertilizer, including for organic crops. CAFO waste used as fertilizer is contaminated with pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant genes, growth hormones, heavy metals and pesticides. In the U.S., feces from broiler chickens […]

USDA’s Phony ‘Animal Welfare’ Rule and Other Shenanigans

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Joseph Mercola Draft regulation currently under consideration would legalize factory farm conditions for organic chickens. While the proposed rule claims to protect and improve “animal welfare” in organic farming, all it will accomplish is the further destruction of independent organic farmers who do things right and therefore cannot compete with “organic” mega-corporations that can sell […]

Exposing the Real Dangers of Weed Killers

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Touchstone Essentials The weed killer glyphosate—infamously known as Roundup—can be found everywhere: lawns, gardens, parks, soil, rivers and even in the rain (1). But household use of this herbicide is dwarfed by its use in agriculture. And herein lies the problem. Over the past several years, scientists have discovered that exposure to glyphosate-containing weed killers […]